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City of North Platte, Mayor

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  • John Hales
    (NP)

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Biographical Information

If elected, what would be your top three priorities your first year in office? Please detail.

If elected, what would be your priorities for economic development in your city/town?

What measures do you advocate for keeping citizens safe from gun violence?

Why are you the best candidate for mayor? Please explain.

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Occupation Chief Information Officer at Great Plains Health.
Education BA from University of Nebraska MBA from University of Phoenix
Current Public Office, dates held None
Past Public Office, dates held None
Military experience None
Volunteer experience Rotary, Toastmasters, Platte River Fitness series, several statewide tele-health organizations.
Address 3801 Sugarberry Ct North Platte, NE 69101
Marital Status Married to my wife Terri for almost six years.
Age 51
Twitter @bk_mayor
First, improve North Platte’s online Internet reviews and social media presence. We need positive reviews of our community to be the first results on Google and other Internet searches for North Platte.

Second, revise the City of North Platte’s project approval system by streamlining the requirements for new projects into a simultaneous approval process. Including a weekly meeting with project/business developers and city department heads to resolve development issues to facilitate development applications entering the approval process.

Third, convert City of North Platte budget documents to a more user friendly document that makes understanding city revenues and expenses easy for the average citizen. When community members have a better understanding of the city revenues and expenditures they can provide more informed input to the budget.
My priorities are to help the Chamber of Commerce and Development Corporation to recruit small manufacturing jobs by working with local businesses to expand or new firms willing to locate in North Platte. I will focus on businesses able to use existing expertise available in North Platte including agriculture and transportation. In the long-term, I hope to work with North Platte Community College to create training programs for jobs available in the future. North Platte must capitalize on the skillsets and knowledge our community members have today. High end agriculture development and transportation are two opportunities we may not have previously considered because the UPRR provided many jobs in our community. Recent UPRR layoffs could provide opportunities for existing local businesses to expand by adding expertise to create new product lines and taking advantage of low interest rates.
As a nation our Mental Health resources have decreased significantly in the last decade. Sadly, the lack of mental health treatment has likely contributed to increased gun violence. Many communities do not have sufficient mental health caregivers to meet treatment needs. As a mayor, I will work with school, healthcare, city and county officials to improve mental health issue detection programs designed to help those in need of mental health care. Our community can improve security in our schools by introducing security measures we do not use today. New security measures will require capital improvements to school buildings. Keeping guns safe at home, by placing weapons under lock and key, will decrease gun violence by preventing access.
I want a North Platte where our kids and grandkids find good jobs and raise families. North Platte has always been my home. Community involvement is important to me I have been involved as a founding member of the Flatrock Toastmaster Club, served as President of the noon Rotary Club, helped with the Platte River Fitness series and belonged to statewide advisory committees over the past 20 years. I believe in North Platte. I have the time and passion to do what's right for North Platte. My experience operating a large organization, my ability to bring people together around complex issues, my experience delivering results, and my willingness to openly show results on a public scorecard separates me from other candidates.
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